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The verses that have REALLY spoken to me (Sarah) lately....

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:32-33

God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It's up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. Deuteronomy 29:29 (The Message)

About the Friesen's....

We are Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate Friesen. We were married June 5, 2004. We have one son, born July 21, 2008, named Luke Andrew -- now 4 years old. We also have a daughter named Kate Christine -- born June 6, 2012. Marc is working at Cessna as a Senior Accountant, and Sarah stays home full-time with Luke. Sarah also gets to work very part-time at home for Graber Backhoe -- an excavation company AND VERY part-time at our church. We LOVE being a part of Grace Community Church here in Newton, KS. We lead a Community Life Group of other wonderful couples. Marc thoroughly enjoys long-distance running and Taekwondo. Sarah thoroughly enjoys walking -- especially when the weather is nice to take Luke and/or out in the stroller. Thanks for reading our blog!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Weekend, Part 1....

So, if you read yesterday's post, you know that, after Luke's nap, Luke and I headed to this STATE PARK....about an hour and 15 minutes from our home.

Marc spent most of his Saturday of Easter weekend running in a 50-mile race. Yes -- a 50-mile race.

Around noon or so, Marc had texted me to tell me what time he thought he'd finish. So, we went according to that text.

We hadn't been there long, when all of a sudden, we see this....

If you can see the person in this photo, it's Marc, coming toward the finish line. He ended up finishing a good 15 minutes ahead of what was predicted. So, we had only been there a little under 10 minutes when he finished. That was a close one!

Right before the finish line, he picked Luke up and carried him across the finish line. Luke now has officially "finished" two 50-mile races with Marc. He did this same thing as well last year -- when he was only 8 months old.

Sorry that you can't really see Luke much in this photo -- I was on the wrong side. It all happened too fast in that I couldn't get to the correct side for a photo.

In the end, he finished the 50 miles in 11 hours, 13 minutes, and 53 seconds. Go Marc!

While Marc was recovering in the nearby shelter (supper, snacks, and beverages were provided by the race directors), Luke entertained himself immensely by running out of the shelter, petting some dogs, waving at people, and running back into the shelter. I didn't sit much throughout this time as Luke needed to closely be watched (there are a few too many areas Luke could wonder off into in this park and get REALLY hurt -- some cliffs to fall over even).

But, I did manage to capture one of Luke's "inside" moments with Marc. I had to snap the photo quickly as it didn't last long.

And, here are a couple of photos of the "outside" Luke -- if you look closely, there is a large poodle in these photos. Luke really liked this poodle, Charlie. I didn't get a photo of the other dog that was there, a bassett hound, but Luke liked him as well.

Thanks to my parents for helping Luke get comfortable with dogs (at their home) because that certainly hasn't happened at our home -- a home without any pets.

And, just for some scenery, here is the lake at this state park -- the photogenic area at the finish line of this race. This was taken right around sunset last night.

Then, once Marc was recovered....we travled to the other side of the park (about 10 minutes or so) to stay in this cabin for night....

We stayed in this cabin to avoid driving home so late and to just have a little night away from home. But, it really was a quick night and not so much relaxing. We got up early enough this morning to make it to church in time for the Easter service.

And, two fun facts....

1) I love my husband dearly, but I have to admit that sleeping in the same bed with him the night after a big race like this really has its disadvantages.

While running all day, he takes quite a few "salt tablets" so that his electrolytes stay in balance (a good thing). But, upon recovering from the race, that fluid that has been retained thanks to the salt, needs to get out. Therefore, Marc got up a whopping 4 times to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night -- I NEVER got up that many times while pregnant.

Also, his muscles are sore and tense. The lactic acid built up throughout the day needs to be released. That "release" for Marc comes in the form of restlessness throughout the night. So, I slept (or DID NOT sleep) with my husband who tossed and turned most of the night.

So, while it was nice to NOT have to drive home late from this race, perhaps it would've been better for me to sleep in a different bed in the cabin.

2) Those of you who go to the same church as us might know Lynn M. -- you know, the guy who is married to Jill, the guy who parents 5 boys with Jill :) Anyways, Lynn completed the marathon section of this race yesterday. So, GO Lynn and congratulations for completing that!

And finally, I found a couple of photos from this same race last year -- again, when Luke was only 8 months old.

Luke, with our friend, Jamie, at the finish line.

And, Luke, with our friend, Stacy, at the finish line.

Luke wanted nothing to do with Jamie and Stacy this year. He doesn't see them often enough to know them well. And, those of you who know Luke know that Luke's pretty much a complete "Mama's Boy." So, he doesn't go to too many other people very well.

But, if it makes you feel any better Jamie and Stacy -- Luke was too busy at this race this year (at the age of 20-months) to want to be held by anybody -- even his Mama. His Mama spent all of her time chasing him around.


Candice said...

Wow...Go Marc!!!

Graham has also recently taken a much bigger interest in animals...and he's also a mama's boy.

Happy Easter!

Allen and Debby Graber said...

I saw Marc today and he was sure sun burned. He said he wore sunscreen but maybe it is old. Anyway, congratulations to Marc!! Are there many cabins like that one at Kanopolis?

Diana said...

kanopolis! i have camped out and spent so much time at that lake since my teens that it's like my second home! jerry and i go there all the time to camp and fish... and just spend time being there watching nature. if i could find a "i love kanopolis!" bumper sticker... welllllllll... =) we've wanted to stay in one of those cabins, but just haven't been able to yet.

yeahhhhhhhhh Marc! great job!

totally LOVE the photos of daddy and son - what a blessing to have those precious memories!

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